Finland signs $9.6B deal for 64 F-35s 

By Briana Reilly / February 11, 2022 at 10:45 AM

Finland today signed a deal to procure 64 F-35A fighters, including engines and maintenance equipment, spare parts, training and Block 4 capabilities worth nearly $9.6 billion.

But officials are planning to strike a separate agreement this year for air-to-air weapons, the supersonic, heat-seeking Sidewinder and the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile, Finnish Defence Forces said in a release.

Deliveries for the F-35s are expected to span from 2025 to 2030, according to the statement. Finland first announced its plans to buy the aircraft in December.

A Lockheed Martin spokesman said the acquisition cost announced by the Finnish government is "8.378 billion Euros."